Questions About Large Gatherings And Coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority is working on guidelines on large public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Crowds of people on the paths at the Oregon Country Fair in July 2019.
Credit Rachael McDonald

At a press briefing Monday. Doctor Jennifer Vines with the Multnomah County Health Department said she’s getting a lot of questions about large gatherings of people.
 “In general, we would emphasize what we know right now which is that the CDC has urged older adults and those with underlying medical conditions to avoid crowds and that anyone planning any kind of gathering should have a strong message about sick people not attending. They should have good handwashing available. And they should be prepared to politely ask someone to leave if they’re obviously unwell.” 
Vine says OHA and the state Department of Education recommend against school closures as it would not be an effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It would also put a burden on health workers who have school age children.